This post can be seen as either a tip or a tutorial. I see it more as a tip though. Creating images by retouching and stacking layers is quite a process. Just look at your history palette during one of those marathon image creations. Before I knew about the “Snapshot” feature in the Histories palette, I used to save different versions of my graphic project at different stages… you know… naming them project1.psd, then project2.psd, then project3final.psd and so on just to make sure that I had access to all the different changes that I had made. Well not only is this way extremely inefficient, it also starts to take up tons of precious disc space! Then I saw that little “Snapshot” icon at the bottom of the Histories palette. It does just what it says. Whenever you reach a stage of your design that you want to save for future reference or editing, all you have to do is click the Snapshot once to save that instance. So simple. I can’t believe I have even babbled about it this long. But anyways, Here are a few example pics.

Original Image (With Birds)

Snapshot Original Image

Modified Image (No Birds)
Before I erased the birds, I wanted to save an instance of the image with the birds, so I clicked the Snapshot icon before I did any erasing.  This image is after I clicked the Snapshot icon and after I erased the birds.

Snapshot Modified No Birds

Modified Image – Viewing the Snapshot Instance
I have erased the birds, but I am now viewing the Snapshot I had taken with the birds before I had erased them by selecting the Snapshot instance shown in the image.
Taking Snapshots during your project is more than convenient, it’s a good habit!


Is this a Tip or Tutorial? Got me, but I hope it helps.